Bell High School
Principals Update Week 6
From The Desk of Rafael Balderas, Principal
Greetings Bell HS Family,
I hope this message finds you and your family in great health and sound in mind. We have just completed our 6th week of online teaching and learning! As we continue on our New Frontier, the beginning of our 7th week of school is upon us and we are continuing to make academic progress! I want to remind everyone, two weeks from now we will reach the mid-point of the first semester, with that said, now is the time to reach out to our teachers during their Office Hours and ask on how your child can improve their class grades. During the 10th week of school we will showcase our annual Fall Parent Conferences to meet with parents on their sons and/or daughters academic progress.
As a reminder, this Monday, September 28, 2020 there will be NO school, all classes will resume online on Tuesday, September 29 at 9 am. Secondly, I want to thank our very own “Front Liners” the brave administrators, coordinators, clerical, and custodial staff that have been going into work everyday at school to make sure the school is running smoothly. THANK YOU for all you do!
In conclusion, we will continue forward with our imagination and courage and perseverance, and lift each other as a learning community! #We are Bell Family! #We are Bell Strong!
We Are All In This Together!
Rafael L. Balderas, Principal
@Home Learning? YES We Teach Remotely!
Thank you to everyone for another STRONG week of teaching and learning! As a reminder, attendance is MANDATORY, based on the following schoology & zoom logon analytics we have for the following week:
Week of September 21 to 25, 2020
Students Attendance = 2,344 out of 2,389 students for a 98.5%
Bell HS Rocks! Lets Keep Up the Great Work!
Need Census? We Got Census 2020!
As the U.S. 2020 Census approaches, I want to remind all Bell HS families that your participation is essential for numerous reasons.
The Census form consists of ten questions that helps our nation collect a count of ALL persons residing in the United States. We invite you to complete a questionnaire today by visiting 2020Census.Gov. By all, we mean all. This includes all persons living in your home including residence in converted garages, hotels, shelters, and sites where multiple families share a home. This also includes children ages zero to five, the elderly, persons that speak multiple languages, and persons regardless of immigration status.
The Census is an important process because our families, schools and communities receive funding, political representation, and resources from the federal government based on counts of completed questionnaires. To learn how the Census directly benefits schools, visit the following link to the Los Angeles Unified public service announcement: https://achieve.lausd.net/weareone. When families complete a questionnaire, we all benefit in the following ways. For example Los Angeles Unified receives approximately $500 million a year through funding from based on the Census:
- Title I, Title II and Title IV funding for our schools to address the needs of our high need students, including dollars for academic intervention, family engagement and health services.
- Dollars to pay for public transportation, community clinics, construction projects in your cities, and for many other services.
- Legislative representation in Sacramento and Washington D.C.
Let’s make sure our Bell High School learning community counts and completes our 2020 Census questionnaire today!
No School Monday, September 28, 2020
Social, Emotional & Mental Health? We Got SEL!
We know from the data that students and families continue to feel isolated and alone, the Los Angeles Unified Launched Mental Health Hotline To Help Students and Families. Please have them call (213) 241-3840 – Please be mindful our students and parents world has been turned upside down and we need to make sure students have the support they need. In the event that you need immediate emergency assistance, please call 911.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call either of the following phone numbers for mental health support:
- LAUSD Mental Health Hotline (213) 241-3840 M-F 6am-6pm
- LA County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771
- Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747 (24 hours)
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 hours)
- Bell High School Confidential Text Tip Line (323) 989-3750 (24 hours)
For immediate contact with the Bell High School’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team, please communicate with one of the following SEL Team Members:
Bell HS Food Bank Distribution
Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 7-10am
4328 Bell Avenue
Purple & GOLD Bell Schedule from Tuesday to Friday
When we return on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 we will start on our regular Tuesday to Friday bell schedule, please follow the schedule below: